Health Safety and Wellbeing Business Partner (HRD Band 3/SEO)

Health and Safety Executive

Apply before Midday on Monday 10th October 2022



Reference number



£39,334 - £45,865


Senior Executive Officer
Band 3

Contract type


Business area

HSE - Human Resources Division (HR)

Type of role

Administration / Corporate Support

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share

Number of posts



Aberdeen, Ashford (Kent), Bedford, Birmingham, Bootle, Bristol, Buxton, Cardiff, Carmarthen, Chelmsford, Cheltenham, Crewe, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Leeds, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxted, Plymouth, Sheffield, Wrexham, York


Diverse Perspectives and experiences are critical to our success, and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role. We look forward to receiving your application. 

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

At the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) we want to create the conditions for all colleagues to be healthy, safe and well at work. To ensure we can achieve this aim we have launched an improvement programme to strengthen how we lead Health Safety and Wellbeing (HSW) through our people then underpin with effective systems.

As part of our Achieving Cultural Excellence (ACE) at HSW improvement programme we are building a new HSW capability to help develop and deliver our health, safety and wellbeing changes.

The ACE programme is a priority for HSE and one that presents exciting and challenging opportunities for colleagues who wish to be part of a HSW change programme that will endure and make a real difference to transforming our health and safety management systems and leadership culture for HSW.

Job description

As the Health Safety and Wellbeing Business Partner (HSWBP) you will have responsibility for supporting and influencing HSE divisions in building an excellent health, safety and wellbeing culture.

We are looking for someone who will work closely with the HSW team colleagues, HSW committees, HSE divisions, support functions and stakeholders to lead change and advocate health, safety and wellbeing cultural excellence in HSE.

Strong leadership is required to:

• Influence thinking and actions on HSW culture at divisional and organisational level.
• Lead task and finish groups to identify and implement improvements to HSW policy and procedures and culture.
• Represent the HSW team and HSE at internal and external meetings and events.
• Build and maintain effective HSW support networks.
• Influence, coach and support senior leadership teams to achieve HSW cultural excellence in their area.


As part of your role you will:

• Be able to advise on key risks at divisional and organisational level and make recommendations on improvements, controls and mitigation.
• Evaluate legal compliance to advise and inform divisions and influence HSW decision making at organisational level.
• Advise on all elements of the HSW management system in general and specifically for HSE on their focal point / lead areas.
• Use considered judgement to make decisions, sometimes with incomplete information.
• Show a commitment to your own and others learning and development.
• Own elements of the HSW management system and maintain the associated policy, process and procedures.
• Lead and manage change projects to time quality and cost.
• Coach and mentor leaders, peers and colleagues.
• Provide a channel for two-way communication between divisions and the corporate centre on all HSW matters including the delivery of HSW presentations, updates and management information reporting.


You will need a recognised HSW qualification at Level 5 or above (or working towards within 12 months).


The successful candidate will have Chartered membership of IOSH (or working towards within 12 months).


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together
  • Changing and Improving
  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%
  • Family friendly policies and working hours to help balance your home life and career 
  • 25 days annual holiday increasing to 30 days after 5 years' service, plus bank holidays and 1-day Civil Service privilege leave 
  • Parental leave benefits: Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 2 weeks full pay.  

Returning to work after a break
We appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications from individuals who have been out of work for some time and who have previous relevant experience.

This post is eligible for Excess Fares Allowance. A successful internal candidate currently based at another office may be entitled to Excess Fares Allowance in line with HSE policy (http://intranet/finance/expenses/excess-fares-allowance-policy.htm)


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.


As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a CV, which includes your job history, qualifications, skills and experience. You will also be asked to complete a Statement of Suitability (a maximum of 1250 words), to tell us why you are ideally suited to this role. This will allow you to provide evidence of previous skills and experience against the key responsibilities and job related expertise outlined in the advert.

Application Guidance 

Please access the following link for guidance on how to apply and how to complete a Statement of Suitability   

Sift Information

The sift is due to be completed during the week commencing 10th October 2022. You will be assessed against your CV and Statement of Suitability.

Interview Information

If successful at sift you will be invited to an interview. The interviews are due to be held week commencing 24th October 2022, and will be held via Microsoft Teams. At interview we will assess you against the four behaviours listed within the advert.

Further Information

If you have a disability and you need an application form in an alternative format or you would like to know more about our recruitment process, please contact:

It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of the terms and conditions they will adopt should they be successful in their application. For a summary of HSE terms and conditions as part of Civil Service Reform, please see the attached document.

Any move across the Civil Service on or after 4 October 2018 may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

Please note, if you are a current civil servant and you are currently undergoing any of the following formal actions your application will not be progressed any further; 
Formal discipline action, any formal action regarding attendance, poor performance or any restriction of duties as a result of disciplinary action. 

Please note that a Reserve List will be held for the period of up to 12 months. 

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Jeremy Bird
  • Email :

Recruitment team :

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